Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Persevered

My Yellow Pencil
Watercolour 38cm x 28.5cm
Saunders Waterford 425gsm Hot Press
I mentioned yesterday how a painting of my grandson (also in his twos) wasn't behaving. Thank goodness for top quality paper and Daniel Smith Watercolor ground. There was so much to like with little Tommys portrait that I couldn't give up defeated so after leaving it overnight with the troubled spots covered in the watercolor ground I was able to paint afresh the next day.Sure the texture of this one is a bit roughed up but it just looks like the Saunders Waterford Hot Press paper is now Cold Press and just that bit textured. My reference also from Christmas was so full of background and other family members it was a great exercise in learning how to leave lots out. His Mum and Dad are going to hang this on their walls so that really pleases me. By the way I have already framed little Tillys portrait and have it hanging in my sitting room.

8 comments:

  1. Aw, perfect match to Tilly's piece. Love the gesture you got with the project he's working on. Watercolor Ground, I would have never thought of it!

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  2. Beautiful work on both portraits, Lorraine!They are so sweet and I love that he is following in grandma's footsteps!

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  3. Quite a nice painting Lorraine! There's always a way out of a mess,....well almost!.. He looks so concentrated, xx

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  4. Lovely work on this too! I'm glad you didn't give up on this one. I never would have thought about using watercolor found...maybe because I don't have any. Looks like you have a budding artist in the family.

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  5. This made me smile, you caught a wonderfully concentrated look on the little boy's face, over the top cute :-))

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  6. The portraits of your grandkids are both gorgeous Lorraine! You can definitely see the emotional connection.

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  7. His hair and the folds on his shirt are splendid. I love the concentration on his face, too. Just lovely, Lorraine. Although it may be too late for this figure, think about each joint in his hand holding the paintbrush. Hands are very hard to paint. Fingers are angular. Including the joints and angles adds to a more realistic conception of the hand. I just LOVE that you have taken to painting portraits like a natural, although with all of your beautiful animal portraits, it doesn't surprise me. Looking forward to what's next.

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  8. Wonderful portrait with a strong lively presence of your beautiful grandson.Congratulations,Lorraine!

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